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DownTown Mystic: Guitars are wailing and rhythms are driving on “Rock’n’Roll Romantic”

On DownTown Mystic’s latest album one can find many things, but at its core this is a rock and roll record. And it’s not just any rock record; it’s a Robert Allen record. The idea behind the musical concept of “Rock‘n’Roll Romance”, says Allen, is – “More lust than love when it comes to rockers. The relationships are more intense because the people are generally crazier than average folks. The songs come in pairs. First a song where the relationship is on shaky ground, followed by a break-up song…” Guitars are wailing and rhythms are driving on the twelve track

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Sarantos: “Perfection From Every Angle” sounds like he is having a blast

Sarantos has released “Perfection From Every Angle” a new song and music video for the hot Chicago summer. It is the sort of thing that makes you want to sing and dance along, which in my case tends to annoy anyone within ear shot. There is a lyric sheet but you won’t need it as everything is very clear and unchallenging – this is escapist fun and full of positivity and good vibes. Sarantos sounds like he is having a blast, and listening to this track you’re right there with him. For anyone wondering whether a serious singer-songwriter like Sarantos is

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Naro: “The Captain” – life impressed into enduring creative sensitivities

Naro, is a composer, music technologist (she earned a Master of Music in Music Technology from New York University), videographer and graphic designer based in New York. She has just released an album “The Captain”, which was very special to her, and she explains why: “Good Friday in 2014, a blood vessel of my left brain popped. After the brain hemorrhage, I wasn’t able to walk without someone’s help, and due to memory loss, I couldn’t recall how to go back home from Union Square, which I used to do every day. Not only had I lost my memory but

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Squirrels In The Attic: “Blow Hard, Blow Loud, Donnie T” – an array of sharply inspired lyrics

Squirrels In The Attic is a collaboration between Emmy Award-winning lyricist/composer David M. Matthews (the other Dave Matthews) and composer/multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire, Marc Ellis. “Blow Hard, Blow Loud, Donnie T” is their first single release. And it’s a solid blow below the belt as these fellas deal out a send-up of American Presidential candidate Donald Trump. “Blow Hard, Blow Loud, Donnie T” is a refreshing breather amidst mass confusion in America. Squirrels In The Attic has combined satire, diversity, reflection, and skill to create one fine record. If nothing else it is a testament to musical exploration, into what makes the people

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Roger Cole & Paul Barrere – with “Political Freak Show” they hit their stride!

“Political Freak Show” is, at once, an artistic statement and a pure pop record. This release by Roger Cole & Paul Barrere is split between two musicians who have contrasting musical and vocal styles but have a knack for blending these styles into interesting and cohesive music creations. Here, the chemistry and talent reaches an apex and the result could turn out to be the duo’s best selling, most critically acclaimed recording so far. While Roger Cole & Paul Barrere  started out releasing purely roots, blues, rock and progressive rock music, they have been inching themselves toward more alternative song craft as

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Daryl Yahudy: “Nothing Compares” – powerful vocals that flow on an inspirational tour de force

Darrell McClover aka Daryl Yahudy, a former professional athlete knows that talent without discipline can only go so far. Realizing that his true heritage and roots go back to Yarushalam in the Regions of Afrika; his pride for who he is as a yahudy from the tribe of Yahudah has taken shape. The release of his single “Joy of Yah” and the new EP “Nothing Compares” is a reflection of a new beginning. Though my only interest may be the music that an artist delivers, before I listened to Daryl Yahudy, I needed to satisfy my fascination for “tribe known as Yahudah”,

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Nicki Kris: “Falling To Pieces” – the writing is so smart and thoughtful

That the way this world is being conceived is radically changing on a daily basis has become all too obvious. I haven’t heard so many conscious and apperceptive songs since the sixties and early seventies. The continual shootings, killings and terrorist attacks around the world are eventually starting to make a lasting impression in people’s minds, as well as where it matters most, their hearts. Too often in the past, devastating events have been brushed aside, because they happen to ‘other people’, other populations, and other nations. However, I am convinced that if we do not take action in changing

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Sooper Vega: “Losing You” – the soulfully slow, brooding introspection is a real showcase

Sooper Vega is an American rapper, actor, and writer. Born in New York, NY, Sooper Vega moved to Providence, RI at the age of 13. Following in the footsteps of his father, he began his career as a DJ. After releasing his first solo album in 2013 (Rise), Vega decided to turn his attention away from being a DJ and exert all his energy in focusing on developing himself as a musician and actor. Sooper Vega formed “Chaos Co” after the passing of his uncle Freddy. Promising to pursue a music career and making music his uncle would have enjoyed.

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Larsen University: “The Kings of California” full of ideals and ideas

Larsen University evolved out the collaboration of two brothers, singer/songwriter Steve Larsen and author/producer Michael Larsen and has extended to include other family members and friends. Driving their band is a passion for memorable melodies and meaningful lyrics, especially as it translates into their desire to create a better world. Listening to the single “The Kings of California”, is like falling for the understated, reserved geek over the out-and-out glossy heartthrob: the passion might take longer to erupt, but when it does it’s all the more intense, for you feel like you’ve discovered something that others simply don’t see. I

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“By The Spell” – gentle rhythms and Andreas Pareli’s deep and sensual baritone voice

Andreas Pareli (Helge Andreas Pareli Notland) is a Norwegian artist who sings as well as plays the piano and guitar. Andres who has a Master’s Degree in music, writes in many different styles and has released his latest track, “By The Spell”, which follows a Kizomba-like romantic slow rhythm. The track which uses authentic acoustic instruments, is very easy listening and sensual on the ear. Kizomba which was born in Angola but quickly spread to other Portuguese speaking countries, eventually finding its way into Brazil and other Latin areas. It is danced accompanied by a partner, very smoothly, slowly and

Toya Nash: “Him…” Edgy, Raw and Impassioned

Toya Nash is a classically trained mezzo-Soprano, and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the prestigious Actors Studio Drama School in Manhattan. She is also an accomplished actress of both stage and screen and can be seen in the feature, Trapped.

Toya also founded The LANA Company, her own line of natural bath and body products, as well as being the founder of Coach Your Craft, a coaching company for voice and acting. Toya is a strong believer in giving back, and often sponsors children and teens by offering free voice and acting workshops through Coach Your Craft.

Toya Nash has just released her debut EP, Him…, and she is currently performing at various venues throughout the US.

Toya has one heck of a voice and the kind of secure yet relaxed performance style which carries the Ep through with convincing, energetic and charismatic flair. She puts so much feeling and meaning into every track, you’ll feel the words hit your chest. The passion she delivers, makes you to feel how good this music is.

The Ep has a sound all of its own. It achieves a superb balance between professional production and understated clean minimalistic sound. It’s clear, crisp and uncluttered, and the compositions are strong enough to stand proud against some of the classics of this genre. The acoustic guitar and bass riffs will probably cause a few jaws to drop too, as they are just sublime in places. Toya’s sound is rugged R&B, dipped into heartrending soul, and all spiced up with a sprinkling of pop and rock.

My absolute favorites, “No Pressure” and “Let Me In,” are edgy, raw and impassioned. This is exactly where I think Toya should be. Her handling of slowly calibrated laments, is really overwhelming. This is the sound of a gifted artist who has created an extremely accomplished piece of art.

I could use dozens of superlatives but nothing could properly express my joy over the songs on this Ep, which are both organic sounding yet very sophisticated. So what’s so good about it? Well… everything really, but most of all Toya’s voice, which goes from soft and pure, to intense and confident. Sometimes in the same song.

She sounds so authentic, so real, and so unique, while the music creates stunning backdrops for her vocal deliveries, whether languid like “No Pressure,” or upbeat and groovy on “Nobody Like You.” The songs arouse all kinds of emotions from the beginning to the end, it takes you on a musical journey that will desperately leave you wanting more.

“Him…” sums up Toya Nash’s considerable talents. She has a fantastic voice, full of emotion, and is able to relate complex feelings in a simple form. This is the mark of a true vocal artist.

Hopefully next time around, Toya will deliver us a full length album, to bathe our ears in, as the four-tracks on this Ep is just a wicked teaser!

Multi-talented artist, Toya Nash

Multi-talented artist, Toya Nash

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